jake_lex: Baron Harkonnen: Steve Jobs was a great American entrepreneur who also thought that drinking more fruit juice would cure his pancreatic cancer holistically; cancer that was almost certainly caused by decades of a fruit and nut diet that pushed his pancreas past the breaking point.There's a fine line between genius and insanity. It's interesting how many great innovators stand on both sides.Reading Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs makes it sound like they succeeded as much despite him as because of him. Take the iPhone 4, for example: Jobs insisted on having a metal band around its edges, which the engineers (rightfully) told him was a bad idea, because it would block radio signals. He only budged enough to allow some openings to be put in that metal band, which then led to a problem where you could easily block that opening with your finger as you hold it and lose signal strength, sometimes enough to drop calls. and then when that was questioned later, he gave his infamous "You're holding it wrong" response, which would have gotten any frontline iPhone support agent fired. And there's much more like that, like the way his design demands made the original Macintosh far more expensive and underpowered (even by the standards of the day) than it should have been.It's kind of interesting to think about, with all the "Apple is doooooooooooooooooooooomed without Steve Jobs!" trolls that seem to infest the tech press these days.
HeartBurnKid: Raging Whore Moans: Skyrmion: Our IP laws suck and so did that article.Our patent system is royally farked but it's unfair to lump good faith businesses (™) and artists (©) in with the patent trolls.True, those IP laws suck in an entirely different way/Trademarks are a blunt cudgel, overly used to crush competition//Copyright has become perpetual, spelling the end of common culture
NutWrench: The American patent system is based on what Gar Alperovitz calls "the hero inventor" ideology, the belief that one man or woman working diligently and independently on a project drives innovation by upending the status quo.I don't think it's that at all. I think the problem is a deliberately overworked and underfunded Patent Office that doesn't have the time to read patent applications that are deliberately written in a confusing, complicated way and so they end up granting overly broad patents. The intent is to stifle competition but every once in a while, one of these overly-broad patents comes back to bite a big company in the ass.
Mach10: FTA [Comments]: So focused is this commie author on describing all innovation as collective that he misses the real problem with US intellectual property law: it currently puts all the IP power in the hands of middlemen who don't produce anything. To fix it, we need to give the power back to the actual artists and inventors, not transfer it from middlemen to bureaucrats.This... THIS, America, is why you cannot have nice things.You fear communism[or at least you think you do], but you have absolutely no grasp or concept of what communism actually is.
digistil: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: jake_lex: It's kind of interesting to think about, with all the "Apple is doooooooooooooooooooooomed without Steve Jobs!" trolls that seem to infest the tech press these daysWell they've moved from a phone where your hand can block calls to a phone where your hand can bend the aluminum casing through normal use, so I'm not sure if they're moving in the right direction.This is the first time I've heard that the aluminum casing having a bending problem.Citation please?I'm surprised you ask this after publicly acknowledging you work full time for Samsung as a threadshiater./I guess that easy six figure salary keeps you busy with the toys that daddy refuses to buy, like that chrome-painted BMW.
ZeroCorpse: Steve Jobs was a waffle.
orbister: HeartBurnKid: Raging Whore Moans: Skyrmion: Our IP laws suck and so did that article.Our patent system is royally farked but it's unfair to lump good faith businesses (™) and artists (©) in with the patent trolls.True, those IP laws suck in an entirely different way/Trademarks are a blunt cudgel, overly used to crush competition//Copyright has become perpetual, spelling the end of common culturePhysical property does not expire; why should intellectual property? If I inherit a house, I can charge rent on it indefinitely, as can my heirs. It does not become public property 50 (or however many years) after the original builder dies.Capitalism. Don't you love it?
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